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Super Eagles now to host Pharaohs on March 25

Abuja – The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Match Day 3 Fixture between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt will now hold on March 25.

BRAZIL, Curitiba : (From top L) Nigeria's team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO
BRAZIL, Curitiba : (From top L) Nigeria’s team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a press statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the decision followed a mail sent to it by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday.

“It indicated that Nigeria should endeavour to make room for a minimum of two full days of rest between the two matches,” the federation said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match scheduled for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna is the first of two involving both sides in the qualification competition.

CAF had given Nigeria the latitude to pick any day between March 23 and March 26 for the match, with NFF picking March 26.

It had also given Egypt the option of picking any day from March 26 and March 29 for the return encounter.

But the continental body has now appealed to the NFF to pick a new date which would ensure two full days of rest ahead of the second match.

“We have now moved the match forward by 24 hours.

“So, we will play on March 25 and March 26 will serve as the day for the two teams to travel.

“March 27 and 28 will be rest days before the return leg on March 29,’’ NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said in the press statement.


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